Virginia Beach: Missy Elliott
Most "Virginia Beach" song: "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
As the largest city in Virginia’s sprawling Hampton Roads metroplex (which also includes Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Chesapeake, and Newport News), Virginia Beach became a hotbed for hip-hop and R&B talent in the '90s, especially behind the scenes. There, Portsmouth-born Melissa "Missy" Elliott and Timothy "DJ Timmy Tim" Mosley -- soon to be known as Timbaland -- connected, writing and producing music for Elliott's girl group, Sista, and, later, Aaliyah. Later in the decade, Missy stepped out as a rapper with Supa Dupa Fly, instantly attaining superstar status with her futuristic arrangements, rap/R&B fusion, and bold, cartoon-inspired visuals. Health issues have staggered her productivity in recent years, but her latest single, "WTF," a collaboration with fellow Virginia Beach product Pharrell, will remind you just how much today's rap queen Nicki Minaj owes to Miss E.
Runner-up: Pusha T